A coruña / A judge from A Coruña has ruled that the Pazo de Meirás is the property of the State and that Francisco Franco’s family must return it, a decision that has been received as a democratic victory by administrations of different political colors and that the dictator’s heirs have announced that they will appeal to the Provincial Court.
The head of the Court of First Instance number 1 of A Coruña, Marta Canales, has concluded that the pazo, summer residence of the dictator in Sada (A Coruña), was a gift that was made at the time to the Head of State and not to Francisco Franco in a personal capacity.
“His name was Francisco Franco Bahamonde, but it is not given to him by himself, but to the head of State,” clarifies the judge, who insists that the literality of the documents on the purchase of the pazo and its subsequent donation “does not casts doubts “because they all refer to” the leader. ”
And she affirms that the 1941 sale and purchase operation, by means of which the dictator registered the estate in her name in the Property Registry, was nothing but a simulation, a “fiction”, “which determines its nullity.”
In this way, the judge has fully estimated the demand filed by the State Attorney on behalf of the central Government, which was supported by the Xunta, the City Councils of Sada and A Coruña and the Provincial Council.
The judge adds in her resolution that the Francs should not be compensated for the expenses that they claimed to assume for the maintenance of the property because it was incorporated into the family patrimony “in bad faith.”
The Franco family will appeal
Both the Government delegate in Galicia, Javier Losada, as well as representatives of the Xunta, the Provincial Council of A Coruña, the City Councils of A Coruña and Sada, political parties and various social entities have celebrated this Wednesday as a “victory” the ruling, which It is not firm and that the lawyer for the Franco family, Felipe Utrera Molina, has confirmed to EFE that they will appeal.
“Obviously there will be resources”, said the delegate of the Government in Galicia, Javier Losada, who has stated that “the first impression of this sentence is very strong” and also encourages parties and municipalities to claim other assets of the Franco family, like Casa Cornide in A Coruña.
Reactions to failure
“Full democracy is achieved by recovering historical memory,” said Losada after hearing the ruling and also recognizing “the work” of the first vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo “, to make this” historical demand “a reality.
For the Xunta, this ruling “is good news for the rule of law that shows that it works”, stressed the acting Minister of Culture, Román Rodríguez, while the president of the A Coruña Provincial Council, Valentín González Formoso, has said that it represents “a great step” and confirms that the property “is part of the public heritage”.
The mayor of A Coruña, Inés Rey, has celebrated with “enormous satisfaction” a “historic” sentence that involves “restoring the collective memory” and that encourages them to “continue fighting for the return of Casa Cornide to the heritage of the people of Coruña” , has told EFE in reference to another property of the Francs in A Coruña that the Commission for the Recovery of Historical Memory is also claiming.
The PSdeG and the BNG have agreed to continue this path to recover not only the Casa de Cornide but also the statues of the Pórtico de la Gloria in the hands of the Franco family “to do justice to the victims of this plunder and to restore historical memory and collective dignity ”.
The councilor of Sada, Benito Portela, has stressed that the ruling puts an end to the “illegal and fraudulent detention of the property” by the dictator’s heirs, and the spokesman for Galicia In Common in Congress, Antón Gómez Reino, has considered that the The sentence supposes “a democratic victory that will end with decades of impunity.”
The so-called 19 de Meirás, who in August 2017 symbolically occupied the pazo and who were denounced by the Franco family, claim their file after the ruling of the A Coruña court that establishes that the pazo is public heritage. (September 3, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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